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From Marianne Faithfull to Iggy Pop: The best new vinyl released this week

Now that we’re into 2021, the future is beginning to look brighter as more and more people become vaccinated; people are starting to want to socialise at full capacity again. Vinyl records are the perfect option for in-house parties and social listening instead of having earphones plugged into our heads. Enough with the isolation.

This week saw some interesting reissues of electronic albums, as well as the release of Marianne Faithfull’s new collaborative record with Warren Ellis, titled ‘She Walks in Beauty’. The album features Faithfull reciting Lord Byron poetry to instrumental backing composed by Warren Ellis of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. 

The late great blues guitar player, Gary Moore’s label released a collection of two tracks that were previously unreleased. I’m Tore Down is reminiscent of Moore’s masterpiece of a song, ‘Parisienne Walkways’. 

Included on this list is also the reissue of Iggy Pop’s live album Iggy and Ziggy in Cleveland, 1977. This is definitely a must for record collectors. It documents the time after Bowie worked and produced Iggy Pop’s solo debut, The Idiot, when the two went on tour together. It’s a visceral piece of music history. 

We’ve got the full list below.

Best vinyl released/reissued this week

Elysia Crampton – Elysia Crampton 

This reissue of electronic artist Elysia Crampton’s 2018 record on vinyl is a distillation of her musical philosophy. It works as an electronic collage and ‘Musique Concrete’. 

Crampton explores Aymara culture and music and fuses it into a modern context and its diffusion across the globe. Aymara are the native indigenous people of the Andes and Altiplano regions of South America. 

Sleep – The Sciences

This is a reissue of stoner-metal rockers, Sleep’s 2018 record and is worthy of any place you have going on your shelves. The last record they released through Third Man Records remains a pivotal moment in their career. It came as somewhat of a surprise when it was released as Sleep had been on a 15-year hiatus but showed that the rest had done them some good.

For those who are unfamiliar with the band, they get very heavy and very low, very quickly. They also get very stoned. Marijuana plays a part in the band’s philosophy; their 2003 album was called Dopesmoker, but on this LP, they kick up the artistry and let the tunes rumble on.

Jenna Leigh-Raine – Noma

Released in 2018, this album was the result of musician, Jenna Leigh-Raine getting commissioned to create a ‘spiritual’ record. She has explored other genres on different albums, but Noma sees Leigh-Raine explore electronic avant-garde with a fearlessness that should be admired.

Noma is an acquired taste and very niche, so this LP is designed to be a talking point among aficionados. It is sparse at some moments, and other times, it is thick and dystopic. It is a very dark record but therapeutic in its freakish nature.

A must for any unique collector out there.

Can – Future Days

Future Days is the German experimental rock band, Can’s fourth album, originally released in 1973. This is one album that will always have its admirers, and it remains a unique moment in rock history.

Can began exploring more ambient and wistful sounds on this release, removed from their previous frenetic sound and foregoing their more standard rock structured songs.

The album received critical acclaim, and it’s a piece of the band’s iconography that remains worthy of a place in anyone’s collection.

The Dropkick Murphys – Turn Up That Dial

Released this week, this is The Dropkick Murphys 10th album via band-owned and Born & Bred Records. Known for their high-energy live shows, the Irish-via-Boston rockers released the single earlier this year, ‘Queen of Suffolk County’.

Co-lead vocalist Ken Casey said about the record, “on this record, the overall theme is the importance of music, and the bands that made us who we are.” Adding, “We just hope the album takes people’s minds off their troubles. We’re so fortunate and grateful to be in the position to share a little happiness in our own way. Our gratitude levels are off the chart.”

Eddie Vedder – Matter of Time/Say Hi

Pearl Jam’s frontman, Eddie Vedder, released this record this past Christmas, and it is an album of beautifully crafted songs. Vedder also included a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Growin’ Up’ within the tracklisting, and now it’s available on vinyl. 

The album is warming yet heartbreaking as there’s a song on the record called ‘Say Hi’, which was written for a boy called Eli, who has epidermolysis bullosa. Vedder performed his songs at a charity event, raising awareness and money for others like Eli.

Aside from the charitable aspect of the album it’s a pure piece of Vedder’s powerful vocal.

Gary Moore – I’m Tore Down

Provogue is releasing previously unreleased material of Gary Moore’s, this week. I’m Tore Down will be out April 30th, marking a decade since the passing of the late great blues master, Gary Moore.

Gary Moore was born in Northern Ireland and became good friends with Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy and even played with them for a while. It’s not the first band Moore was affiliated with. When George Harrison was working with The Traveling Wilburys on the song ‘She’s My Baby’, he found himself stuck with a guitar solo he couldn’t reach despite being surrounded by huge talent. Harrison drafted in the brilliant Gary Moore to take on the moniker ‘Ken Wilbury’ and the solo

Harrison took part in an interview when he was asked about the song and let slip his love for Moore. Asked who played the solo on the record, Harrison replied: “That’s Ken Wilbury, I hope he’s listening in. Now, Ken Wilbury, you’re a very naughty boy, you didn’t play on the video, but we love him anyway—he’s an excellent guitar player.” Moore’s alias doesn’t hide Harrison’s admiration.

Marianne Faithfull – She Walks in Beauty

Marianne Faithfull’s new album is coming out this week, and she does something a little different this time around. She partnered up with Warren Ellis, violinist and songwriter, best known for his work with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. 

Ellis provides a nice bedrock of sound to accompany Faithfull who recites Lord Byron poems. Faithfull commented about her record, “It’s so beautiful, and that’s why I like it. I love the other side of Byron, too, but this is really amazing, sublime. And I was very drawn to the ability to do really beautiful rhymes. I think that’s from being a songwriter. It’s incredibly nice. Not what I connect with Lord Byron at all.”

Iggy Pop – Iggy and Ziggy/Cleveland 1977

As the title may suggest, this is a record of Iggy Pop playing live in Cleveland in 1977 with David Bowie on keys. After Bowie and Iggy Pop fled to Berlin, Bowie produced Iggy’s solo debut, The Idiot and their subsequent artistic partnership never truly waned from then on.

After the release of The Idiot, Bowie put together a band to go on tour to promote the record. Some have been critical of this record, as a lot of the songs in the setlist were Stooges numbers, and they didn’t quite fit right with this well-polished group. But as a singular piece of history, there’s arguably no better moment in Iggy’s career.